Joseph McGrath, President
Joseph McGrath is president of Grantham University. Prior to joining Grantham University, he was the director of finance and administration for a group of private schools located throughout Europe. He also worked in various executive capacities in commercial and corporate banking for almost 20 years. His financial background and educational leadership skills have brought much value to Grantham University in the areas of financial management and the academic success of students. Mr. McGrath holds a bachelor of arts in government from Harvard and a master of science in education from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Provost/Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Marilyn Bartels, provost and chief academic officer for Grantham University, has more than 20 years experience in higher education, with senior leadership experience in accreditation, regulatory compliance, and the development of new colleges and universities. Described by many as a master online teacher of faculty, the student experience is her focal point. Additionally, Dr. Bartels has professional business experience in public relations, marketing and employee communications, and maintains a successful track record in forming corporate and community partnerships through strategic planning, fundraising and organizational development. She holds a Ph.D. in Speech from Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Cheryl Hayek, EdD, Associate Provost and Vice President of Faculty and Student Experience
Dr. Cheryl Hayek, associate provost and vice president of faculty and student experience, has focused on faculty leadership and student support for the past 20 years. She created the VIP² Faculty Development and Leadership Program and the Swaddled Support Services (SSS) model for adult learners, which earned Grantham University the 2011 APSCU Innovative Best Practice/New Program Award. Dr. Hayek holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northcentral University.
Jeff Bramblett, Chief Information Officer
Jeff Bramblett, chief information officer, has extensive experience managing and developing IT staff and infrastructures, along with creating custom data and software solutions. Mr. Bramblett's forward-thinking, strategic perspective, talent for successfully managing people and budgets, and keen desire to stay on the cutting edge of technology are key attributes that have resulted in a successful, 20-year IT career. Prior to joining Grantham University, Mr. Bramblett served in senior-level positions for both public and private organizations, including: EmbanetCompass, ACS a Xerox Company, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.
Dr. Jeff Cropsey, EdD, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Jeff Cropsey, vice president of strategic initiatives, worked for more than 40 years in positions that ranged from Army counselor to European command director of the Air Force, director of the Navy College Program worldwide, to director of DANTES prior to his retirement from the Department of Defense (DoD). During his career, he received five armed services civilian meritorious service awards and the CCME President's Award for his life-long contributions to military education. Dr. Cropsey holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Roman Yagnitinsky, Vice President of Financial Aid
Roman Yagnitinsky, vice president of financial aid, specializes in building/rebuilding university financial aid departments to handle significant increases in student volume. Previously Mr. Yagnitinsky was the director of operations for Financial Aid Services at American Public University, where he oversaw operations of the financial aid department. Mr. Yagnitinsky holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. John Fisher College in New York.
Karan Krna, JD, Vice President of Compliance
Karan Krna, vice president of compliance, has served in higher education for more than 12 years, beginning as an adjunct faculty member then transitioning to university administration. She specializes in compliance, regulatory and accreditation matters. Prior to working in higher education, she was an attorney in private practice. Ms. Krna holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.
Ed Sammarco, Vice President of Finance
Ed Sammarco, vice president of finance, has extensive knowledge in the field of accounting and finance. He previously spent more than 11 years in an executive role at Sprint Nextel, where he was responsible for several finance and treasury organizations. Prior to Sprint, Mr. Sammarco spent more than 15 years in Houston, Texas, where he held numerous accounting and treasury positions, primarily with an international offshore drilling contractor, Global Marine, Inc. Mr. Sammarco holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Youngstown State University.
Les Hyde, Vice President of Admissions and Education Outreach
Les Hyde, vice president of admissions and education outreach teams, is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and former non-traditional student. While in the Air Force, he was selected to help develop and deliver computer-based training using Instructional Systems Design and Adult Learning Theory tools to more than 50,000 aircraft maintenance technicians. In addition to his MBA, Mr. Hyde also holds several certifications: Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Network Engineer, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, A+ and Network+.
Steve Waldron, JD, Vice President of Student Advising
Steve Waldron, vice president of student advising, is a retired Marine Corps Colonel with more than 27 years of military service. While in the Marine Corps, he held various command, staff and judge advocate positions, deploying to various combat zones on three occasions. Mr. Waldron holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from Marine Corps University, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Kip Esry, Vice President of Human Resources
Kip Esry, vice president of human resources, has 25 years of experience directing people strategies in high-performing organizations. Mr. Esry has held human resources leadership roles for four Fortune 500 organizations and spent 13 years on the Board of the Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association, serving as that organization's president in 2000. He holds a bachelor's degree in human resources from the University of Kansas.
Alex Bach, Vice President of Marketing
Alex Bach, vice president - marketing, has served for more than 20 years in various technical, marketing and leadership roles. Prior to joining Grantham University, Mr. Bach worked for Sprint Nextel and within the creative agency environment, meeting the needs of several multinational corporations across a number of industries. A United States Marine Corps veteran and former non-traditional student, he holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications management from DeVry University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.